Double the Fun!

Most families are completely overwhelmed with all the details surrounding their daughter's upcoming many details! Well, imagine if you had identical twin daughters who decided to get married on the same weekend. Not a double wedding, mind you, but two completely separate events and entirely different venues. This Memorial Day weekend we had a family who did just that! Twins Kayla and Lauren just graduated from medical school a couple of weeks ago (both to become Orthopedic Surgeons) and before heading off to Kentucky and St. Louis to do their internships, they came to Santa Cruz to get married!


Kayla's Saturday began at Rancho Soquel with a lunch delivered by their caterer, Feast for a King.


Their makeup and hair person was flown in from St. Louis and she made each girl look amazing.


It was, of course, the flower girl who stole the show. She wasn't even two years old and acted like she was a professional petal tosser!


The day was sunny and beautiful and the food was a California style BBQ from Feast for a KIng catering. A family heirloom Annie Glass cake plate and platter held a lovely strawberry whipped creme cutting cake from Gayles Bakery in Capitola.

So many nice touches from the "well wishes" wall to the bubble send-off. Headed to Hollins House for the next wedding on Monday!  What a weekend for that family!

A Lavender Filled Day!

On Saturday Holly and Julian said I Do in front of family and friends at Rancho Soquel! The sun came out at just the right time for this lovely and laid back couple to exchange vows, lead by their officiant who has been a family friend of Holly's her whole life! 

Lavender was the color (and scent) of the day! From the bridesmaids dresses, to the bouquets, to the actual lavender the guest showered the couple with as they walked back down the aisle as newlyweds. The cake was decorated in lavender and lavender colored flowers and the guests favors were even packets of lavender seeds!

The guest's were delighted with the make your own amores station, where they had all the fixings to create their own dessert. 

It was a beautiful day celebrating a beautiful couple! 

Completely Creative!

From the start we knew that Keely and Mark were not going to be your average wedding couple. They both (yes,the groom also) had very distinct and clever ideas for their big day. From the music to the favors, it was altogether unique.

The couple rehearsed on Friday (giant wedding party, 9 on each side) and departed for dinner in the very cool Shadowbrook shuttle. Admittedly, a party group, they lived up to their name from start to finish (after party until 2 at Bocci's Cellar!). The Mother/Son dance rocked the crowd with Don't Stop Me Now by Queen.

Never-before-heard-at-a-wedding music ruled the day...processional Loafin by the Deadbeats, bride walked sown to Halcyon Days by Mokhov. Recessional was The Force by Lettuce- do you start to see the a trend here?  The arch was another completely unusual design that the bride chose but was executed by her florist The Cracked Pot. Macrame! Haven't seen that in years and it turned out beautiful.  The flowers were a stunning mix of Peonies, all shades of orange sherbet roses and pops of purple and white!  

Of course, the table settings were stunning and on each napkin was a freshly slice piece of Brazillian Blue Agate.  It aids in centering and stabilizing physical energy. Brazilian Agate harmonizes yin and yang. It is a soothing and calming stone which works slowly but brings great strength. They chose it as a gift to their guests to take as a continued symbol of their union. Nice.






And the bride grew her own flowers!

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Saturday's wedding was the first for the season for Rancho Soquel and it couldn't have been more perfect.  The weather was sunny and beautiful and all the parts added up to one gorgeous wedding!


We were all totally impressed that the bride grew some of her own wedding flowers and the skills of The Rare Sparrow turned them into works of art!


The cake was as delicious as it was gorgeous and O'Deer Cakery also provided the chocolate cookie favors for guests to take home.


Mickey's Catering fed the guests with a tasty menu and the tables featured La Tavola linen hand selected by the bride. Great way to begin the season in Soquel.

A Springtime, Water Color Wedding!

May 13th was another fantastic day at Rancho Soquel as Kelly and Shane tied the knot! The newlyweds are a fun and sweet couple, who had a blast celebrating the day with family and friends! 

Rancho was in full bloom and the bride's floral arrangements and beautiful bridesmaid's dresses added even more pops of color to the day! The bride also looked stunning in her gown as she prepared to walk down the aisle with her mom. 

The decor tied in beautifully to it's surroundings, from the place cards with different flowers stamped on them to the wishing tree where guests could leave their best wishes for the couple. It all had a fun and whimsical vibe. 

The couple were all smiles, all day and had a blast celebrating with the people they love! Guests  satisfied their sweet tooth with bite sized cupcakes and though the temperatures dropped, everyone stayed warm by dancing the night away!